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Frances Shimer correspondence 1853-1856


Published 1853
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Typescript version, prepared c. 1943, of letters sent by Frances Shimer in Mount Carroll, Illinois to her elder sister Caroline Nash in upstate New York, from 1853 to 1856. The letters relate to the founding of the Mount Carroll Seminary by Shimer and her companion Cindarella Gregory.

Many of the handwritten originals were severely damaged in the Fire of 1906, and are now too fragile to be scanned.

An abridged version of these letters was published in the Frances Shimer Record in 1943.

Founded as a coeducational seminary in Mount Carroll, Illinois, Mrs. Shimer's school later became first a women's seminary and conservatory, then a women's prep school and junior college, before finally emerging from its chrysalis in 1950 to become Shimer College, a coeducational Great Books college now located in Chicago.

Resources related to the first decade of Shimer College, 1853-1862

Catalogs
1855 · 1856 · 1859 · 1862
Writings of Frances Shimer
Journal · Letters to Caroline Nash
Local publications
Carroll County Republican
Crisis of 1857
Halderman/Shimer · James Hallett · more



Year 1853
Collection shimercollege; additional_collections

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